Our Vision

A project to connect our people with the taonga of Ngā Pae Ruahine, and create sustainable jobs and enhance the mauri of our people and the taiao.
Protected predator free, flourishing native biodiversity from Tupari and the Ikawatea to the front country of Kererū, Tamatea and, Mōkai Pātea.

Project Area

As part of the central spine of Te Ika a Māui, Te Pae Maunga o Ruahine heads South from a saddle on the Napier-Taihape Rd to the Manawatū Gorge. The total area of the Mauri Oho Project is 59,000ha in the Northern Ruahine Range. This comprises about 39,000ha on public conservation land and 7,000ha on Māori Trust Lands. The remaining 13,000ha is on streams running through neighbouring farmland in the Kererū district. Altogether the public conservation land and the Maōri Trust Lands constitute about half the total area of the Ruahine Range.

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Our Four Pou

Interwoven through each of the four pou are training pathways that have been mapped for all roles. This will ensure transferable skill sets for kaimahi into both the predator free industry and the wider conservation sector.

We have included Mātauranga Māori knowledge connectivity across mana whenua within the project area.


Trapping will be conducted over the whole project area to suppress mustelids to very low levels and to locally suppress rats to low levels. This will enable whio and kiwi recovery as well as supporting wildlife recovery across a range of other species.

Riparian recovery and nursery establishment

This work will be conducted in the waterways that run through the farmlands of the Kererū and Mōkai districts. It will include fencing, planting, nursery work and pest-plant control leading to cleaner waterways and native bush corridors to welcome the returning wildlife.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Comprehensive baseline and outcome surveys of taonga species will be completed. Ongoing monitoring of key predators and water quality testing will be undertaken.

A rangatahi development programme

Work-based training will be run alongside all aspects of the project. This will enable rangatahi to develop valuable skills and connect them with the whenua, awa and ngahere.